‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Doris Roberts dies at ninetieth

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:57 AM

She was ninety. Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said Monday. Daily was told of the death by Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata.

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ star Doris Roberts dies at ninetieth

Doris Roberts, who played the tart-tongued, endlessly meddling mother on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died, a family spokeswoman said. She was ninety.

Roberts died overnight in her sleep, spokeswoman Janet Daily said Monday. Daily was told of the death by Roberts’ son, Michael Cannata.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known. Roberts had been healthy and active, Daily said.

Latest month, Roberts appeared at an actors’ union event that focused on the scarcity of female directors in entertainment. She asked the panel why there were so few roles for elder actors.

Roberts won four Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Marie Barone on CBS' “Everybody Loves Raymond,” receiving a total of seven nominations as best supporting actress for the sitcom.

“We loved our mom, the grand (hash)DorisRoberts. A wonderful, funny, permanent actress and friend,” Phil Rosenthal, the show’s producer, posted on his Twitter account.

The sitcom, which aired from one thousand nine hundred ninety-six to two thousand five, also starred Ray Romano, Brad Garrett and Patricia Heaton. Peter Boyle, who played husband Frank Barone opposite Roberts, died in two thousand-sixth.

“She was comic and tough and loved life, living it to the fullest,” tweeted Heaton. She recalled Roberts as a “consummate professional.”

Roberts also was known for her role in the one thousand nine hundred eighty TV detective series “Remington Steele.” She appeared on stage and in a variety of movies, including “The Rose,” “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and “Madea’s Witness Protection.”

Her lengthy list of TV and film credits included projects from two thousand fifteen, including the TV film “Merry Kissmas” and others slated to be released this year.

Roberts was born Nov. four, one thousand nine hundred twenty-five, in St. Louis and grew up in New York, Daily said.

The actress began her stage career on Broadway in the one thousand nine hundred fifty, amassing credits that eventually included Neil Simon’s “The Latest of the Ruddy Hot Lovers” and Terrence McNally’s “Bad Habits.”

In early TV appearances, she was seen in episodes of “Studio One,” “The Naked City” and “The Defenders.”

Roberts received her first Emmy Award in one thousand nine hundred eighty-third, for her supporting role on the series “St. Elsewhere.” She received a total of eleven nominations for her TV work overall, including her bids for “Raymond.”

An enthusiastic cook, Roberts co-wrote “Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna,” a memoir with recipes, in two thousand-fifth.

Besides her son, she's survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane, and three grandchildren, Kelsey, Andrew, and Devon Cannata.

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